Aaron Meisner opens Royal StriKing, brings vision of MMA Muay Thai to the room

Aaron Meisner opens Royal StriKing, brings vision of MMA Muay Thai to the room

Aaron Meisner opens Royal StriKing, brings vision of MMA Muay Thai to the room

Aaron Meisner is a self appointed military brat who was born overseas.  His father retired while at Ft. Dix, N.J., and Aaron wandered from Pemberton to South Philly 15 years ago and hasn’t left since.

He’s been a personal trainer for years but along the way, has added a long illustrious list of names to his resume.  Meisner has learned from some of the best and taken that and trained some of the best that the city has to offer in it’s rich tradition of mixed martial arts.Aaron Mesiner - StriKing

Meisner first started training Muay Thai under the legend, Kru Rigel Balsamico, who got him on his path. He also worked out at Daddis. When he was making the transition to mixed martial arts, he found Balance Studios with Ricardo and Phil Migliarese.

He learned where and how to train from the brothers and they made him feel like it was a home. Mesiner says “it still is home to this day.”

The Migliarese brothers enabled him to seek out additional help and would spar with different gyms nightly at Fight Factory.  During the final two years of his pro fighting career (6-3), he started to train with Eric Karner at Nak Muay. Meisner credits Karner with helping his game really evolve and taking it to a new height as well as showing him how to be a good teammate.

Meisner has adapted Karner’s style of bringing fun and enjoyment to training, moving forward on his own for the first time with Royal StriKing.

Aaron Meisner and Paul Felder
Aaron Meisner and Paul Felder

Working with list of Who’s Who

Meisner has worked with some of the best up and coming fighters in the Philadelphia region. He’s good friends with exciting UFC lightweight Paul “the Irish Dragon” Felder.

He’s worked Paul’s corner numerous times in the UFC and even before the Dragon made the big stage, Meisner was helping and cornering him.

UFC vet, Jonavin Webb, Bellator vet, Sam Oropeza and rising prospect Bassil Badre Hafez have also trained with Meisner.

He also has a few highly touted amateur fighters under his wing in Jack Hartenstein and Trent Stump.

Royal StriKing is located at 910 Emily Street right in South Philadelphia. It’s Aaron’s first venture on his own. It’s just a matter of time until this new facility explodes.

Royal StriKing will operate with a Muay Thai base but bring an MMA themed Muay Thai which he says is not offered anywhere else.

“It is my belief that there is a difference from Muay Thai to taking that Muay Thai to a cage.”

Kick-boxing, overall fitness and personal training will also be available.  Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes are also in the future plans.

Royal StriKing officially opens in January but private lessons are currently underway.

More Information

Check the website out at  royalstriking.com

Also check them out Instagram @royalstriking

This Saturday December 17, Royal StriKing will be offering a FREE Muay Thai workshop from 12-2 pm. Click link below for more info.



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'Beautiful' Bob Meloni
More than 15 years experience in the PA/NJ regional MMA circuit. Commentator/post fight interviews/pre-fight show host @ Art of War Cage Fighting and Ring of Combat The story of the fighter is what Bob loves about the sport. From the lowest level, to the highest, he only cares about the two warriors who do battle once the cage doors close. Everything else is secondary. Without their blood, sweat, and tears, he would not be here enjoying every minute.